Ogeechee Riverkeeper offers a virtual library of free educational resources for parents, teachers, and curious students. Education and Outreach Coordinator, Mel Sparrow, is a non-formal educator with 10 years of experience in environmental education, interpretive education, public outreach and archaeology. 

Mel is a certified Project Wet, Wild and Learning Tree Educator and a certified Coastal Awareness and Responsible Ecotourism (CARE) Guide. She serves as the local coordinator for Georgia Adopt-a-Stream and leads chemical and bacterial trainings.

For more information about environmental education offerings or to set up educational outreach, email melanie@ogeecheeriverkeeper.org.

Activities

  • Setting Seasonal Intentions for the Environment
    Do you find it hard to make and keep New Year’s resolutions? Try setting a “seasonal intention” instead! Use your creativity and science skills to come up with ways you can help the environment.
  • Plastic-free Holiday
    This holiday season, we challenge you to think "plastic-free." Get some ideas on how to reduce or completely remove plastic from the holiday gifts you give.
  • Thankful for Nature
    Share what things in nature you are thankful for with us during the month of November
  • Clean Halloween
    During the month of October, you are challenged to add a different kind of trick-or-treating to your routine. Put together a team of no more than 10 people and compete to collect the most trash by October 31!
  • Forest Ecology
    Go outside and find a tree in your backyard, school playground, community park, etc. Once you pick your tree, look at the different characteristics and identify your tree. 
  • Kiss The Ground: Free Educational Version
    Teachers and educators can watch a free 45-minute-long Educational Version of the Kiss the Ground movie. 
  • Water Conservation
    Fresh water is a finite resource. In addition to keeping our waterways clean, we also try to reduce water usage in general. Companies, businesses, and municipalities all have a responsibility to minimize their water consumption, but there are also a number of ways someone can conserve water in everyday ways. 
  • Twist Tie & Tie Dye
    Do you ever wonder what happens to the small trash from food or other product packaging after it has been thrown in the trash? Instead of throwing these things away, try reusing them -- or even dyeing some clothes.
  • Birding Basics
    Do you want to learn about birds but don’t know where to start? Do you often see or hear birds but don’t know how to identify them? Check out this guide to birding basics.
  • Nature-based Yoga Class
    VIDEO: Enjoy a gentle flow style yoga class with a watershed ecology theme alongside Melanie, our education & outreach coordinator.
  • Stream Ecology
    VIDEO: Find a safe, calm body of water to sample using a net, light-colored bucket and clear cups. Scoop cups into buckets to identify macroinvertebrates and other aquatic life up close.
  • Nature poetry
    These writers turned to the outdoors for poetic inspiration. Read the winners from our first ORK poetry contest.
  • Watershed Trivia
    A watershed is a system of how water flows through an area moving sediment, water and dissolved materials into a common point. Submit your trivia answers to info@ogeecheeriverkeeper.org by July 31.
  • May Seeds So Summer Feeds
    The seedling activity is open to all ages and is suitable for homeschool activity for K-12 using Georgia Performance Standards/Standards of Excellence with science, earth systems and meteorology.
  • Draw a watershed
    Create your own watershed. Activity is open to all ages and is suitable for homeschool activity for 3-6th graders using Georgia Performance Standards/Standards or Excellence with vocabulary, science and art.